Thursday, October 14, 2010

Room to Breathe

Well, CD1 is just around the corner. I've got the cramps and headache, and light spotting started this morning. With my work schedule for the next four days (including the weekend) being packed solid with meetings and events from 6:30AM - 10PM daily, there is simply no time for a baseline appointment.

AND, the Professor and I have been wanting to hit the KOA the next weekend before they close for the season. That's not a deal breaker, but it would complicate things what with trying to manage injections and monitoring appointments.

AND, I haven't had a chance to call the RE to discuss the questions and concerns* that have come to mind since our consult last week.

PLUS, I'm still trying to find/schedule a second opinion and sort out insurance options.

Which is all to say that I'm feeling more than a bit rushed and this cycle hasn't even gotten started. So I'm calling it off. One more benched cycle won't be the end of the world, and the extra time will undoubtedly mean that I will be in a better place (both mentally and physically) to gear up for a Last-Chance-IUI when the next CD1 rolls around.

*Questions & Concerns that still need addressing:

  • If the theory is that the 9 day LPs are really early miscarriages, then do we have any concern about egg quality? Chromosomal issues?
  • Is there anything I can do to optimize egg quality?
  • Should we be concerned about clotting issues? My periods are very clot heavy, though I didn’t realize this until discussing it with my acu last week.
  • Can we check if my insurance will cover PIO for a 4th IUI?
  • I want my AMH tested before dropping $10K cash on IVF. Period.


  1. Sounds like a good plan. And good questions. Could you get an appointment for a 2nd opinion so quickly?

  2. A break cycle sounds like a good plan. I wish I had your patience! I could not WAIT to start a new cycle and being benched for a week with cysts felt like the end of the world. You must be much more mature than me :)

    Good call on the AMH.

  3. I used to think being benched would kill me. But this past benched cycle only did wonderful things for me. It was so nice to NOT think about what if it worked or didn't. It was a relief. I think the questions you have are excellent ones. I'd be asking the same thing. And I got my AMH tested again, too. I'm awaiting my results but I think it's always good to know esp. before moving on to something like IVF. Wishing you all the luck and hope :).

  4. I am sorry af is heading your way. I hope that you get your questions answered.

  5. I think it's great that you decided to take a break - I wish I'd had the guts to do that on our last cycle, rather than mildly telling the nurse that this wasn't really a good month for us and that I kind of wished it was happening the following month, then getting on with it anyway and cramming the IVF in between all the other things I couldn't get out of that month.

    I hope next month turns out to be calmer and more relaxed for you, and that this helps you to realise your dream at last x